The pompous and monocled regent of a Balkan kingdom (Britain’s Sir Laurence Olivier) and a naïve blond chorine from Milwaukee (Hollywood’s Marilyn Monroe) are amusingly mated in Olivier’s screen version of the Terence Rattigan comedy,
The Sleeping Prince. For a romantic trille, it’s a bit long and repetitious, but the oddly matched principals are often quite funny together. There are superb performances by Dame Sybil Thorndike, as a mildly barmy royal dowager, and Richard Wattis, as a harassed equerry from the British Foreign Office.
THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON:
The breezy Kenneth More, although not ideally cast, likeably portrays an impeccable butler who becomes the ruler of his former masters after they are all shipwrecked on a desert island.
The old satiric comedy by Sir James Barrie still makes an interesting story, and the cast is skilful. It includes Cecil Parker and Diane Cilento.
FIRE DOWN BELOW: Rita Hayworth returns after three years’ absence from the screen and proves that she has lost none of her knack at presenting a performance as inept, wooden and unintentionally farcical as anything she ever did in the past. A few laughs occasionally redeem this steamy tropical adventure, co-starring Robert Mitchum and Jack Lemmon.
STELLA: An overheated sex-opera from Greece, pretentiously directed by the highly touted Michael Cacoyannis. It introduces a fiery seductress named Melina Mercouri who makes most of her celluloid rivals seem as tame as Lillian Gish by comparison.
'IHE UNHOLY WIFE: Diana Dors, John Bull’s Marilyn Monroe, is woefully out of her depth in the role of a sulky murderess in this implausible Hollywood melodrama. With Rod Steiger, Tom Tryon.
GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO TIIE CURRENT CROP
Abandon Ship!: Drama. Fair.
The Baby and the Battleship: Navy comedy. Good.
Bachelor Party: Drama. Good.
Boy on a Dolphin: Treasure-hunting comedy-drama. Good.
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